Who Sang Can She Excuse My Wrongs? John Dowland

release date: 1991
length: 3:02
conductor: Robert King
instrument: The King’s Consort
composer: John Dowland
lyricist: [anonymous]
Can she excuse my wrongs with Virtue's cloak?
Shall I call her good when she proves unkind?
Are those clear fires which vanish into smoke?
Must I praise the leaves where no fruit I find?

No no: where shadows do for bodies stand,
Thou may'st be abus'd if thy sight be dim.
Cold love is like to words written on sand,
Or to bubbles which on the water swim.

Wilt thou be thus abused still,
Seeing that she will right thee never?
If thou canst not o'ercome her will
The love will be thus fruitless ever.

Was I so base, that I might not aspire
Unto those high joys which she holds from me?
As they are high , so high is my desire:
If she this deny, what can granted be?

If she will yeld to that which reason is,
It is Reason's will that Love should be just.
Dear make me happy still be granting this,
Or cut off delays if that die I must.

Better a thousand times to die,
Than for to live thus still tormented:
Dear, but remember it was I
Who for thy sake did die contended

CD 1
  • 1 Eternal Source of Light Divine
  • 2 Réjouissance, from Musick for the Royal Fireworks
  • 3 Adagio non troppo, from Concerto for Two Oboes in G major
  • 4 To Vanity and Earthly Pride, from Joshua
  • 5 Salvator Noster
  • 6 Overture to 1683 Ode "From hardy climes"
  • 7 Can She Excuse My Wrongs
  • 8 Allegro, from Musique de Table, Deuxième Production
  • 9 Hail, Bright Cecilia!
  • 10 Allegro, from Concerto for Two Oboes, Two Clarinets and Strings, RV 560
  • 11 The Flocks Shall Leave the Mountains, from Acis and Galatea
  • 12 Vergnügte Ruh', from Cantata no. 170:
  • 13 Inflammatus et Accensus, from Stabat Mater
  • 14 Epistle Sonata in C, K 278
  • 15 Pena Tirrana, from Amadigi
  • 16 Dank sagen wir alle Gott, from The Christmas Story
  • 17 Concerto in C minor for Oboe and Violin: Allegro
  • 18 By Beauteous Softness Mixed
  • 19 Adagio and Allegro, from Oboe Concerto in D minor
  • 20 Sound the Trumpet
  • 21 The Great Jehova Is Our Awful Theme, from Joshua